Egypt, UAE welcome ceasefire talks in Libya

Foreign ministers “reiterated adherence to political solution that would support peace, security and stability in all parts of Libya.”
Wednesday 03/06/2020
A file picture of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan during a joint press conference in Cairo in 2017. (AFP)
A file picture of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan during a joint press conference in Cairo in 2017. (AFP)

ABU DHABI/CAIRO--Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan welcomed the United Nation’s announcement that the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Government of National Accord (GNA) have agreed to resume ceasefire talks, said Emirati news agency WAM.

They also “reiterated adherence to political solution that would support peace, security and stability in all parts of Libya,” during a phone call Tuesday.

In a joint statement issued yesterday, the Egyptian and Emirati foreign ministries stressed their “commitment to the political process under the supervision of the United Nations, and the Berlin Conference on Libya.”

They emphasised that “the political process is the only solution to achieve peace in Libya, and to maintain unity and territorial integrity.”

Cairo and Abu Dhabi also said that “they stand with the Libyan people and all parties calling for calm to save lives of innocent civilians and to achieve stability in Libya, especially with the continuation of humanitarian efforts to combat COVID-19 pandemic.”

France also expressed its support Tuesday for the resumption of ceasefire talks between Libyan belligerents.

A statement by the French foreign ministry said Paris will push for the start of talks “immediately” so a ceasefire agreement can be reached between the two parties.

It also called for decisions made at January’s Berlin conference to be implemented.

The UN said Tuesday it expects “things to get moving in the next few days” towards ceasefire negotiations, following days of heavy fighting.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said acting UN envoy to Libya Stephanie Williams and the UN mission in Tripoli remain in direct contact with Fayez al-Sarraj’s government in the capital Tripoli and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s LNA “to figure out the next steps and the logistics about the resumption of the talks.”

The international conference held in Germany in January called for a ceasefire and a return to negotiations, but increased Turkish interference, including its deployment of mercenaries to fight alongside GNA-backed militias attacking LNA positions, caused international efforts to fail and for military operations to escalate.